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Parents and Carers

Our school day

The school day runs from 9am to 2.45pm Monday to Thursday, with a 2.30pm finish each Friday.

When students arrive at school, they are offered a light breakfast in their form rooms to prepare and plan for their day’s learning. Lessons are 45 minutes long. At 11am, there is a morning break and snack, then lunch is served between 12.45pm and 1.15pm, where we encourage the students to eat “family style” with their peers and staff. The lunch menu is a three-week rotation and includes a choice of main hot meal or jacket potato as well as a range of desserts. A packed lunch is provided by the school if students are learning offsite. Any specific dietary needs can be easily accommodated. During all social times, indoor and outdoor games and other activities are offered throughout the term.


We provide all students with:

  • Grey fleece with school logo
  • Grey logo t-shirt
  • A combination of the below
    • White logo t-shirt
    • Grey logo polo-shirt

We require parents and carers to provide:

  • Black trousers, skirt, plain black joggers or shorts (we ask that these do not bear any branding. A stocklist can be provided if required)
  • Appropriate footwear (sliders or metal toe capped shoes are not allowed)

School Meals

School meals are prepared on site and all dietary requirements are catered for. Students are provided with a selection of breakfast each day, including cereal, brown toast, toasted bagels, granola, fruit, pancakes with fruit, porridge and fresh orange juice.

We offer a three-weekly menu consisting of homemade meals prepared using fresh, seasonal produce that is locally sourced wherever possible. 

Term Dates

Our term dates are published annually and can be viewed here.


If your child is too ill to attend school, you should contact the School Office by 8am in order for transport staff to be informed. Please contact us each day that your child is absent.

All routine medical and other appointments should be arranged out of school time wherever possible. In exceptional circumstances, where an urgent appointment is required or for hospital clinic appointments that operate during the day only, please provide an appointment card or letter to obtain authorisation for the absence.

Where the school office has received no reason for an absence, pastoral calls will be made to parents/carers – even where your child has been absent due to illness on previous days. We take our safeguarding responsibility seriously and cannot assume that your child is still ill unless you have notified us.

Excellent attendance is awarded weekly and is a target linked to rewards trips for all students.

Parent Feedback

Aurora Woodlands School Parent Survey Results Spring 2024